Abuse victims meeting leaves Pope ‘shamed’
Germany

Abuse victims meeting leaves Pope ‘shamed’

Pope Benedict XVI met victims of sexual abuse by clergy on Friday, an encounter that left him "deeply shaken", Vatican officials said.

Berlin police make arrest in hunt for car arsonist
Germany

Berlin police make arrest in hunt for car arsonist

Berlin police have re-arrested the son of a Left-wing politician, accusing him of setting fire to cars in the capital. Protests are expected as he is a well-known figure in the city.

Councils ‘refuse to put emergency rescue services out to tender’
Germany

Councils ‘refuse to put emergency rescue services out to tender’

German municipal councils are ignoring European rules which say contracts for emergency rescue services must be offered out for competitive bids – preferring to stick with volunteer-supported organisations.

UBS says CEO Oswald Grübel resigns
Switzerland

UBS says CEO Oswald Grübel resigns

Swiss banking giant UBS announced on Saturday that chief executive Oswald Gruübel has handed in his resignation, which was accepted by the board of directors.

Schäuble says Greece will need a decade to recover, criticises Italy
Germany

Schäuble says Greece will need a decade to recover, criticises Italy

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said he expected Greece would need a decade to get over its debt crisis, and that it was clear there was no way it would return to the capital market in 2012.

Improved conditions on northern roads
Sweden

Improved conditions on northern roads

According to local emergency services conditions are improving on the roads in northern Sweden, recently struck by flooding following heavy rains hitting the country over the last few days.

Police arrest man who shot at papal security officers
Germany

Police arrest man who shot at papal security officers

Police arrested a man suspected of shooting at papal mass security officers early on Saturday morning in Erfurt, eastern Germany.

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Sweden

Swedish teen suspected of rape in Spain

A Swedish high school student from Växjö, in southern Sweden, is being held in custody in Spain on rape charges.

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Sweden

Cyclist dies after crashing into police car

A cyclist was killed in a crash with a police car in southern Stockholm late Friday night. At a junction by Nyboda, southern Stockholm, the cyclist careened straight into the side of the patrol car.

SPD and Greens see coalition hope in Berlin
Germany

SPD and Greens see coalition hope in Berlin

Nearly a week after the Berlin state election and hours of talks, all the indications point towards the incumbent Social Democrats (SPD) forming a coalition with the Greens.

Reinfeldt discussed equality in the UN
Sweden

Reinfeldt discussed equality in the UN

Gender equality and women's rights globally were the themes of Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech to the United Nations on Friday.

‘Doctors can recommend homeopathy’: court
Sweden

‘Doctors can recommend homeopathy’: court

Sweden's Supreme Administrative Court (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen) are opening for doctors to recommend homeopathic cures for patients.